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Why can't I ask my question about amateur space projects and development?

Advice about dangerous personal amateur projects is off-topic Understand that space exploration is inherently dangerous. While there are some foolhardy people who have done amateur work in this area, ...
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Topicality of NATO phonetic alphabet

I don't feel too strongly about it, but I lean towards saying it's on-topic; we have a few "what does this terminology used by astronauts mean" questions, and just because the answer applies to ...
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Is a question about NASA KSC's SWAT team on-topic?

I think it would be on topic because they are employed (at least in this instance) for the purpose of a space launch.
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"Please invent my invention" or "Would X work?" questions; suitability and topicality?

I'm against issuing a specific regulation on this sort of questions. JCRM is right - if the question didn't show any research effort or is completely misguided, we already have tools to deal with that....
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What if my question about orbital mechanics is not a problem that I'm facing, but I'm simply interested in finding out the answer?

I agree, to take that wording literally would wipe out hundreds of interesting questions about space exploration history. (Unless, I guess, the questioner is writing a book about space exploration)
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When are questions regarding Python on topic here?

Here's the thing about Python. It is an extremely popular choice for this type of thing because it has a bunch of great libraries, so I'm not sure we can avoid questions involving Python. As much as ...
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"Relevance to space exploration?" is "Guess where the invisible hoop is, then jump through it"

There are a couple of problems here: No one is required to sacrifice their time to explain things to you. Of course, getting further information can be necessary, but it absolutely doesn't have to ...
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Why are we here?

While I understand your concerns, doing such (grouping together some very vast fields of study) undermines the purpose of Stack Exchange all together. We are trying to build libraries of specialized ...
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Why are we here?

A few additional points. planetary-science is definitely on topic here. I don't think the public completely mixes the space/ astronomy, although there is a perception that they are in the same realm....
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When are questions regarding Python on topic here?

When the question is about Python itself (a generic question on how to implement something, or about a programming error) it might be worth moving to Stack Overflow. On the other hand, if it's like "I ...
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Are telescope questions not considered space exploration?

The question was closed as off-topic because it really belonged on Astronomy.SE. Ordinarily it would have been migrated there, together with all its comments and answers. At the time this question was ...
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What are the criteria to know if a question about the space shuttle belongs to space.SE or to aviation.SE?

My take on this. The Space Shuttle is always a spacecraft, and occasionally a plane. That means pretty much every question you have about it is on-topic here. By contrast, only specific aspects about ...
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Are questions about Operation Fishbowl on-topic here?

Space is space! In addition to the exploration of space we have well-used tags on space-related activities such as (clickable links): weapon military icbm (hat tip to @DrSheldon) international-...
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What celestial mechanics questions are on topic here?

I'll add a contra-position answer to permit voting. I think any questions in the Space Exploration Stack Exchange should make it clear how they are related explicitly to the exploration of space, ...
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How to cross post a question correctly?

I guess I was fairly called out there. Regarding the specific question in place (which had a good reception from the community), It does ask a rather technical question, but it provided no context to ...
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Why can't I ask my question about amateur space projects and development?

Machavity is spot-on. I would add one more point: Even if you are an authorized and responsible person, there are other people out there who are not Even if it were somehow okay for us to discuss ...
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What should be our standard for creating speculative craft/mission tags?

Summary: Speculative concepts should require a large number of net positive scored questions prior to meriting a tag. Sometimes we have a problem that it's not clear where the line is. In this case, ...
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Too broad questions?

So what is the correct action I should take? As you deem appropriate, actually. Our review system is supposed to be community driven, so it's up to you, and all of us, to find a suitable balance ...
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"Please invent my invention" or "Would X work?" questions; suitability and topicality?

I have often observed that many groups or places of work bear the 'scars' of some of its most trying members. The sign in the office that says "flush the toilet" or "constructive criticism ONLY!", the ...
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Are questions about specific courses related to Space on-topic?

The last comment there about shopping questions being general SE no-no's is pretty conclusive, as is asking for people's opinions. Both of these off-topic reasons are fairly self-evident. It looks ...
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What celestial mechanics questions are on topic here?

Since it seems people are hesitant to stake out an answer, I would like to offer a suggestion. I didn't want to offer my own opinion because I wanted to give the community a chance to decide, but ...
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Would my question "Can this have been a rocket" be on topic here

There is an identify-this-object tag for just this sort of thing and it's quite active and well-written questions are generally well-received. Your question should contain basic information about the ...
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"Relevance to space exploration?" is "Guess where the invisible hoop is, then jump through it"

You're right, I should have vtc with a comment explaining why. Done.
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What if my question about orbital mechanics is not a problem that I'm facing, but I'm simply interested in finding out the answer?

The practical problems bit was placed for Stack Overflow. It doesn't apply to every site. Very few questions on this site are facing real life problems, and that doesn't apply to this site.
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Do we want software list questions?

Questions about the existence and names of tools to address various tasks should be totally fair game. Knowing the names of some relevant tools greatly assists in the googling. Shopping ...
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Radical proposal: Merge Space Exploration and Astronomy

I don't think it is a good idea. Astronomy is a science. Space flight is about engineering, business, politics. I don't think that many who are involved with space flight have studied much astronomy. ...
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Does this forum support hobby rockets

It's almost never been discussed, but hobby rockets are considered on topic, or at least were when the site was created.
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Is it alright to open a chat room for a space advocacy project on another site?

If, as you put it, there would be a natural synergy between the two places, then absolutely, go for it. Stack Exchange network officially declares chat as the "third place": The third place ...
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Dummy answer and one in progress for the same question allowed?

Dummy answer and one in progress for the same question allowed? I've seen answers with "in progress" or "under construction" once in a while here in Space Exploration SE, and probably used that once ...
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